Rocks and Mierals

by Taliyah Thompson

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROCKS AND MINERALS IS A MINERAL IS A NATURALLY OCCURRING INORGANIC WITH A DEFINITE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND A CRYSTALLINE STRUCTURE FORMED BY GEOLOGICAL PROCESSES. ROCK IS AN AGGREGATE OF ONE OR MORE MINERALS WHEREAS A ROCK MAY ALSO INCLUDE ORGANIC REMAINS AND MINERALOIDS.

Characteristics of Minerals

Hardness, Color, Luster, and a Crystal structure

Characteristics of Rocks

Solid, made in nature, made up of one or more minerals

Minerals

Barium: paper and rubber

Bauxite: aluminum

Beryllium: fluorescent lamps

Chromite: stainless steal

Clays: floor and wall tile

Cobalt: aircraft gas

Cooper: cables and wires

Feldspar: glass and ceramic

Fluorite: hydrofluoric acid

Gallium: LEDs

Rocks

Coal: power plants for electricity

Limestone: Portland cement

Shale: bricks and cement

Conglomerate: iron oxide

Granite: architectural construction